In a forum post, OnePlus Co-Founder and CEO Pete Lau and Oppo CPO Pete Lau stated that the two companies have agreed to merge their own OxygenOS and ColorOS skins into a new unified operating system. The new operating system will be included in the OnePlus flagship series, which is set to launch in 2022. It’s the product of the OnePlus and Oppo combination, which was announced earlier this year. In a separate media interview, Lau stated that the OnePlus 9T will not be released as the company’s next T-series product later this year.

In a post on the OnePlus Community forums, Lau stated that the unified operating system would maintain the DNA of OxygenOS while also providing users with a “improved overall experience.” He also mentioned that OxygenOS CEO Garry C. is leading the teams working on the OxygenOS and ColorOS integration that would eventually be available as a single software platform.

“By combining our software resources to focus on one unified and upgraded operating system for both OnePlus and Oppo devices globally, we will be able to combine the strengths of both into one even more powerful OS: the fast and smooth, burden-free experience of OxygenOS, and the stability and rich features of ColorOS,” Lau explained.

OnePlus will also customise the unified operating system exclusively for its devices in order to maintain a “clean and lightweight” experience and support unlock bootloaders, according to the CEO.

The OnePlus and Oppo teams want to finish the integration in time for the next major Android version in 2022. There are currently no details on which existing devices will be eligible for the update. However, according to Lau, the unified operating system will debut on OnePlus’ next flagship series in 2022. It’s possible that it’ll be dubbed the OnePlus 10.

OnePlus and Oppo announced their merger in June, and OnePlus became Oppo’s sub-brand. Before eventually bringing the unified operating system, the business began combining its unique OxygenOS Android skin with Oppo’s ColorOS.

OnePlus is also working on new hardware in addition to the new software platform. In a forum post, Lau stated that the business would continue to provide handsets at various price points and localise more economical product lines, in addition to introducing premium and ultra-premium flagship phones to markets throughout the world.

He also stated that OnePlus was intensifying its efforts to improve the camera experience. This would be achieved by improving the user experience, collaborating with Swedish manufacturer Hasselblad to increase colour performance, and investing in new and enhanced technology.

However, according to The Verge, Lau confirmed the OnePlus 9T’s exclusion from the company’s 2021 lineup in a roundtable discussion. The phone was rumoured to be in the works, but OnePlus recently stated that none of its new T-series phones would be released this year, according to a source.

OnePlus has a history of releasing T-series phones in the second part of the year as an upgrade to its flagships. The trend began with the OnePlus 3T in 2016, however it was adjusted with the OnePlus 8T last year due to the company’s decision not to release the OnePlus 8T Pro.

The fact that no new T-series phones will be released this year could be related to the current chip shortage. According to a recent Bloomberg storey, a 20 percent reduction in workforce at Oppo has resulted from a shortage of chip supplies and increasing costs of critical components.

The merger of OnePlus and Oppo is also causing redundancy, according to that report. Lau, on the other hand, is said to have denied the existence of any redundancies as a result of the merger.

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